Matthew

Mourning and Weeping for Our Children

From out of the Pharaoh’s wicked scheme to destroy all Hebrew babies came Moses, the redeemer of Israel. Out of the remnant from Babylon, God brought Joseph and Mary to be the earthly parents of the Messiah. Out of Herod’s wicked plan came the baby Savior, the event Matthew described as, “out of Egypt I called my son.”

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The Stray Sheep in the Mountains

To rescue his lost sheep, Jesus became one of them, a meek and obedient Lamb of God who gave himself as a sacrifice on the cross: “Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth” (Isa 53:7).

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The Origins of the Christ-Child

Beneath Matthew’s genealogy is the story of God’s salvation plan through Abraham, David, and Christ. Notice that the record includes not only Jews, but also a few Gentiles, all of them women who had tarnished reputations. But as Paul says, all those who are Christ’s are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise (Gal 3:29).

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The King Comes Riding to His People

Two thousand years ago, Jesus entered Jerusalem in humility and peace. The Jews acknowledged him as “the King who comes in the name of the Lord” with shouts of joy and acclamation. But when he returns, he will come as the exalted and victorious Warrior who will exact complete vengeance on his enemies as the “King of kings and Lord of lords.”

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